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router.db: rancid group configuration file


router.db - rancid group configuration file


router.db contains information for devices which are members of a rancid group. control_rancid(1) reads this file to compile a list of devices which it should collect.


One device is listed per-line, where the syntax is:


For example:;cisco;up

The fields are as follows:

The name of the device, which must resolve via gethostbyname, used as the argument to telnet(1), rsh(1), or ssh(1), to connect to the device. Once converted to lower-case, this also becomes the name of the file used to store the configuration under $BASEDIR/<group>/configs.

Experience has shown that using the device's FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) works best, as in the example above.

The type of device from the set:
agm A Cisco Anomoly Guard Module (aka Riverhead). Suspect that at some point the UI will become more cisco-like and it can be merged with the IOS rancid module.
alteon An Alteon WebOS switches.
arista An Arista Networks device.
avocent An Avocent Cyclades console server.
baynet A Bay Networks router.
cat5 A Cisco catalyst series 5000 and 4000 switches (i.e.: running the catalyst OS, not IOS).
cisco A Cisco router, PIX, or switch such as the 3500XL or 6000 running IOS (or IOS-like) OS, but not IOS-XR.
cisco-nx A Cisco Nexus switch/router.
cisco-xr A Cisco device running IOS-XR.
cisco-wlc A Cisco Wireless Controller.
css A Cisco content services switch.
enterasys An enterasys NAS. This is currently an alias for the riverstone device type.
erx A Juniper E-series edge router.
dell A Dell switch. Known working models are DES-3010F, DES-3052P, DES-3526, and DES-3550. Note that Dell OEMs some equipment and has purchased some companies, so a Dell product may not work with the dell rancid module but may work with smc or force10.
extreme An Extreme switch.
ezt3 An ADC-Kentrox EZ-T3 mux.
f5 A F5 BigIP switch.
force10 A Force10 router.
fortigate A Fortinet firewall.
foundry A Foundry router, switch, or router-switch. This includes HP Procurve switches that are OEMs of Foundry products, such as the HP9304M.
hitachi A Hitachi router.
hp A HP Procurve switch such as the 2524 or 4108 procurve switches. Also see the foundry type.
juniper A Juniper router.
A Mikrotik router.
A host running the (Merit) MRTd daemon.
netscalar A Netscalar load balancer.
netscreen A Netscreen firewall.
paloalto A Palo Alto Networks device.
procket A Procket router.
redback A Redback router, NAS, etc.
riverstone A Riverstone NAS or Cabletron (starting with version ~9.0.3) router.
smc A SMC switch (some Dell OEMs).
ciscowlc A Cisco WLC.
xirrus A Xirrus array.
zebra Zebra routing software.
The state is either "up", or some other arbitrary value, e.g. "down". If the device is not marked "up" the device's configuration will not be collected. It is highly recommended that comments are made for any router not listed as up, so as to indicate the reason a router is not to be polled, e.g.:;cisco;up;;cisco;down;in testing until 5/5/2001.;cisco;ticketed;Ticket 6054234, 5/3/2001;juniper;up;

The script "downreport" in util/ can be used to produce a report of routers in router.db that are not marked "up".

Freeform string to describe the current state of the router.

A ``#'' at the begining of a line is a comment; the entire line is ignored.

If a device is deleted from the router.db file, then rancid will clean up by removing the device's config file from $BASEDIR/<group>/configs. The device will be removed from the revision control system. It is possible, in most cases, to resurrect or check-out copies of deleted device configurations.


Configuration file described here, where <group> is a device group name defined in the variable LIST_OF_GROUPS within $BASEDIR/etc/rancid.conf.


In RANCID releases prior to 3.0, router.db used colons (:) as its field separator. This was changed to allow IPv6 addresses to be used in router.db.


control_rancid(1), rancid(1), rancid.conf(5)